The Chicago Bulls experienced a series of unlucky contests against the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers. Zach LaVine continues to shine while Wendell Carter Jr. is making a huge impact in his starting role.
Golden State Demolishes Chicago
Chicago hosted Golden State on Oct. 29 and the game was over at halftime. The score was a whopping 92 to 50 at the half. That was the second-most point scored in a first half behind the Phoenix Suns in 1990. They scored 107 points in a game in the first half that year.
Klay Thompson rose from the depths of a shooting slump and set an NBA record with 14 3-pointers made.
Thompson ended the game with an astronomical stat line of 52 points and four rebounds. His splash brother counterpart, Steph Curry, added in 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
LaVine and Antonio Blakeney led the team in scoring with 21 points. Carter Jr. is making a mark in his rookie year. He had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Denver Digs Deep for Overtime Win
The next game was a heartbreaking loss for Chicago. Paul Millsap hit the go-ahead put-back layup to win the game. He ended the night with 19 points and six rebounds. Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Chicago put a tremendous effort to try to take the lead. They came up short and they left the United Center with a bad taste in their mouths.
LaVine put up 28 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Carter Jr. scored his first 20-point game on Oct. 31. He ended the night with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Blakeney was a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown as he posted 15 points in total.
Indiana Squeaks Past Chicago
Chicago had opportunities to win the game in the final seconds, but Indiana prevailed. LaVine is still learning how to be the closer for the team. His confidence is there and fans shouldn’t be panicking about the missed clutch shots.
Chicago possessed the lead for most of the game, but late defensive struggles played into the hands of Indiana. Victor Oladipo led his team in scoring by posting 25 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Myles Turner fed off of Oladipo’s big night by scoring 18 points.
This season is still in its early stages, but LaVine is leaving a huge footprint on the association. He ended the night with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Blakeney had an efficient night shooting by scoring 22 points and three rebounds.
Close loss to Rockets at Home
LaVine struggled shooting but finished with 21 points in a 96-88 loss to the Houston Rockets. Carter Jr. had a nice double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting. Chandler Hutchison had a nice 12-point game of the bench in the loss. Chicago’s third quarter output of just seven points is what ruined the game.
The Bulls travel to face the New York Knicks on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
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